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News Briefing for Wednesday, December 31, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Cost of Healthcare.gov Exceeds $2.2B After Latest Contract Award “With the announcement Monday of a five-year, $563 million contract award to Accenture, the Healthcare.gov contractor that rescued the Obamacare marketplace after 2013's disastrous launch, the total cost of the site will well exceed $2.2 billion. The new award is on top of the $1.7 billion in contracts reported by the inspector general (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in August. Accenture was first hired in January after HHS replaced CGI Federal, the original contractor. Accenture reported the new award on its website, noting that not only ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, November 25, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Burwell soliciting ideas for 'increased transparency' at HHS “Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell is looking for ways to make her department more transparent after the House GOP discovered that officials had overstated Obamacare enrollment. Burwell emailed senior HHS leadership Sunday night asking them to work toward a “culture of increased transparency, ownership, and accountability.” She asked them to meet with their staff and cull good ideas. “I believe strongly that a hallmark of effective leadership and management is instilling a culture of transparency, ownership and accountability,” Burwell ...

News Briefing for November 22, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Health insurance costs have nowhere to go but up “Regardless of where you get your health insurance, one thing is for sure: Your premiums for 2015 and the next several years are set to rise significantly. Folks are used to the fact that health insurance costs always seem to go up. They've done so for the last 14 years, with the highest annual increase of about 14 percent and the lowest at about 3 percent. But the increases for 2015 are staggering, ranging from 20 percent to over 60 percent. And consumers need to plan for more rate hikes over the next several years, especially those who have coverage through their employer. One of ...

News Briefing for Monday, November 10, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare Architect: Lack of Transparency Was Key Because ‘Stupidity Of The American Voter’ Would Have Killed Obamacare “Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said that lack of transparency was a major part of getting Obamacare passed because “the stupidity of the American voter” would have killed the law if more people knew what was in it. Gruber, the MIT professor who served as a technical consultant to the Obama administration during Obamacare’s design, also made clear during a panel quietly captured on video that the individual mandate, which was only upheld by the Supreme Court because it was a tax, was not actually a ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, September 23

HEALTHCARE: Vitter: Obama Admin ‘Bending Over Backwards To Give Obamacare To Illegal Immigrants’ “The Obama administration is “bending over backwards to give Obamacare to illegal immigrants,” Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter charged on Monday. Sen. Vitter wrote to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator Marilyn Tavenner on Monday with a hard line of questioning about the agency’s months-late effort to verify Obamacare sign-ups’ citizenship and immigration status. “The Obama Administration is bending over backwards to give Obamacare to illegal immigrants — but won’t protect hard working American citizens ...

News Briefing for Thursday, September 11

Below are some of the news stories that we are reading today. HEALTHCARE:   Obamacare: Fewer Doctors, More Demand The trends are not pretty if you’re a physician — or a person who needs medical care. “Obamacare, as its advocates increasingly point out, has succeeded in expanding the number of Americans with insurance. Even though this achievement came at enormous cost, still leaves millions of Americans uninsured, and dumped millions more into Medicaid, this is still one of the few “successes” that the health-care law can claim. However, health insurance and access to health care are not the same thing. And evidence is ...